The last question asked during the ALA panel was asked by panelist, Michael Ross from Encyclopaedia Britannica. He wanted to know from the librarians in the audience, “what do you want from us?”
Librarians were not shy in extending several responses:
§ I need to make my purchasing decision based on reviews. So, I need to find reviews and awards information easier on a publishers site, to determine and justify my purchase decision
§ More creative pricing models – to support many sizes and needs of institutions (ie. 2 simultaneous users, own, subscribe, collections)
§ Reference sources are duplicated too much. We have dozens of articles with same information. Can you all publish unique things?
§ Consistency in search protocols across platforms – boolean, truncation, plurals, default search, etc (better yet, how about one single platform, SP)
Librarians, what else is on your wish list for reference publishers? Place your comments here so our panelists can see them.